Cameras FAQs

Here we have provided comprehensive lists of commonly asked questions regarding our scientific cameras. This information is designed to support your inquiries, but if you don’t find the answers you are looking for we encourage you to contact us for further assistance.

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Can I use a color CCD with my filter cubes?

A color CCD has a fixed set of filters, typically in a Bayer pattern (red-green-green-blue). If you use a blue filter (e.g. DAPI) in front of a color CCD, only one of every 4 pixels will see any significant amount of light. An 8 megapixel color sensor is not delivering 8 megapixels of red, and 8 megapixels of green, and 8 megapixels of blue. A monochrome sensor acquiring sequential red, green, and blue images using a filter wheel or filter cubes acquires the full 8 megapixels of each.